International health IT week in review: February 20

Athenahealth sold for $17b, does India need an electronic health record? AI in the NHS, weeding out racial bias in AI, virtual care still popular with patients despite decline in use, budget to launch India’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

EHR vendor athenahealth acquired by Hellman & Friedman, Bain Capital
EHR Intelligence ~ Sarai Rodriguez ~ 17/02/2022

Two private equity firms have acquired cloud-based EHR vendor athenahealth in a $17 billion transaction.

Does India need an electronic health record?
India Times ~ Zoya Hussein ~ 17/02/2022

Although, ABDM is visionary and could be the much-needed digital intervention to boost healthcare access in India, data security is a growing concern.

Health Education England publishes NHS AI roadmap
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 17/02/2022

Health Education England has published the first roadmap into the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across the NHS and the impact this could have on the workforce.

What it will take to weed out AI bias in healthcare
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 17/02/2022

Algorithmic bias really is the application of an algorithm that compounds existing inequity.

Report shows overwhelming patient interest in post-pandemic virtual care
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 16/02/2022

Research from the telehealth platform Doximity finds that nearly three-quarters of patients surveyed say they plan to keep receiving at least some care virtually.

Outpatient telehealth use declines, but is still elevated from pre-pandemic era
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 15/02/2022

During the first six months of the pandemic, 13% of outpatient visits were conducted through telehealth. By March to August 2021, that number slipped to 8%.

Will budget 2022 give India its ‘UPI moment’ in health sector?
News18 ~ Himani Chandna ~ 07/02/2022

What the finance minister announced in the budget is the roll out of the digital health ecosystem under the central government’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), the project that was launched by PM Narendra Modi on August 15, 2020.

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